KATE Ritchie has learned to embrace change. The Gold Logie-winning actor who spent 20 years playing Sally Fletcher on Home and Away, has flitted from TV to radio, from soapies to crime drama, from Channel 7 to Channel 9.
Now the 33-year-old is making another move — to Channel 10 to host Don’t Tell the Bride.
The reality show gets grooms, rather than brides, to plan a dream wedding over three weeks.
‘‘ This is certainly a job that a few years ago I wouldn’t have had the confidence to take on. I had to find my own voice to open the door into this part of my career,’’ Ritchie says.
A lot of that self-confidence came when Ritchie took on breakfast radio with comedy duo Merrick and Rosso after leaving Home and Away.
She had to have an opinion on a whole range of topics.
On TV, Ritchie won acclaim for her performance in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.
The following year she struck out with Cops LAC.
Ritchie is philosophical about the failure of Nine’s crime drama, which was axed after one series.
‘‘ I don’t have regrets. Working on Cops LAC was a really fun time. I’ve got nothing but good memories of it.’’
In 2010, Ritchie married former NRL champion Stuart Webb. The couple had a threeday wedding celebration, tying the knot at Quamby Estate near Launceston in Tasmania.
About 50 close friends and family attended the ceremony. The couple said ‘‘ it was exactly the day we had hoped and planned for’’.
So how would Stuart have gone if he had to plan the couple’s wedding Don’t Tell The Bride- style?
‘‘ As far as grooms go, he was very hands on (in the planning),’’ Ritchie says.
‘‘ The greatest thing about this show is that we’ve got women brave enough to allow the man in their lives to plan the whole thing.
‘‘ Men are full of great ideas but their downfall is the execution. That does lead to disaster sometimes.’’ Don’t Tell the Bride, Channel 10, Tuesday, 7pm Alarmed belles: host Kate Ritchie says ‘‘men are full of great ideas but their downfall is the execution’’.